Challenge Advisory secures Tech Visionary Dave Evans as new CTO of Augmate

Former Chief Futurist of Cisco, Stringify co-founder joins Augmate to help transform IoT using blockchain technologies

Challenge Advisory have successfully secured the hire of Dave Evans as Chief Technology Officer for their client Augmate. The company today announced the hiring of Dave Evans as CTO, further cementing the company’s position at the center of connected devices and blockchain. Evans, who throughout his career at Cisco coined the phrase “Internet of Everything,” and correctly predicted the proliferation of the Internet, the World Wide Web, the Internet of Things, and numerous other trends, will now help shape Augmate’s vision for the future of blockchain and the Internet of Things.

“Dave’s reputation as one of the most innovative and creative thinkers in Silicon Valley and beyond is unassailable,” said Pete Wassell, CEO and founder of Augmate. “Yes, his accomplishments speak for themselves, but he also has the innate ability to explain complex things and simplify the terminology, so people can understand it. That skill, coupled with all he brings to the table, will help bring Augmate to the next level.”

In 24 years at Cisco and most recently as a co-founder of Stringify — an Internet of Things start-up, later bought by Comcast that now powers the cable giant’s smart home strategy — Evans has always focused on what’s next. Evans has had numerous projects and thought leadership featured in industry-leading publications such as Forbes, Fortune, CIO Magazine, Financial Times, CNN, TechCrunch, Politico and many others. In addition, Evans has 24 patents either already issued or currently pending, including ones related to IoT, RFID, connected vehicles, virtual people and more. In his new role, Evans will help guide the company as it shapes Augmate Connect into the premier platform for overcoming challenges in IoT management and security.

“The number of connected devices is getting bigger every day, and that will only continue over the next few years,” Evans said. “At the same time, the implications of blockchain are world-changing. Helping to shape Augmate’s platform as the standard in IoT interoperability is an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.”

Chris Burns, Partner at Challenge Advisory, continued, “We are proud to have delivered such an extraordinary candidate for Augmate. Having worked with the company closely to support their growth over the last 6 months, we know Dave as CTO will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of the organisation as they continue their journey to become global leaders in the connected devices space.”

Dana Farbo, COO of Augmate, added: “Challenge Advisory did a magnificent job of understanding our requirements for a world-class CTO, who had major industry and start-up experience. Within a very short period of time, Challenge Advisory identified Dave Evans, former Cisco Chief Futurist and Lead Technologist and founder of Stringify, as a perfect fit for our culture and business. Dave is now on board and leading our technology team in creating a new level of industry-leading software solutions for the IoT space.”


Augmate is the first company to develop a blockchain agnostic IoT device management platform. 

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